Rendering submitted for an interior design contest - Image from facebook.com/cocontest
By Ian Hester, BArch Candidate
CoContest is a competition site based in Italy that aims to create more work for designers and spread good design. It was started by Federico Schiano di Pepe this past September, and since then it has hosted forty contests and attracted more than eight thousand designers.
Drawing submitted for a recent contest - Image from cocontest.com
The idea of the site is quite simple: homeowners who are keen on well designed space create a contest by posting photographs and basic floor plans of either a room or an entire house and submitting a description of the constraints. They then set an award, which so far has ranged from $128 - $644, and wait for designers to submit proposals. Designers are able to browse through the available contests to find projects in which they are interested, and then they develop drawings and renderings to submit as they would in any other contest.
Winning design for a renovated apartment - Image from cocontest.com
Later this year, CoContest will move to New York and open a site that allows designers in the United States to participate in contests. The company is also working on widget that will enable design magazines and companies to organize competitions. The site has understandably garnered a great deal of attention; the spread of good, affordable design is great for clients, and the opportunities for work are great for designers. Check it out here.